I have thoughts: (a) He’s handsome. (b) Why are there so many WORDS on this cover? They’re making me claustrophobic. (c) Having said that, CAN I buy good sleep? Must I do it with diamonds? I probably need to buy this and find out. (d) Once you realize that the positioning of Harry’s head makes it look like this magazine is called Townuntry, you’ll spend quite a lot of time wondering what “townuntry” means. (e) Am I really gonna complain about a magazine cover that gives me THIS MUCH FOREARM? No, I am not. Let’s practice some gratitude here! HELLO.
The article is actually also quite interesting. You can read the entire story at Town & Country, but here are some excerpts:
On his relationship with Africa: “I first came in 1997, straight after my mum died. My dad told my brother and me to pack our bags—we were going to Africa to get away from it all. My brother and I were brought up outdoors. We appreciate nature and everything about it. But it became more… This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world. I wish I could spend more time in Africa. I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here. To not get recognized, to lose myself in the bush with what I would call the most down-to-earth people on the planet, people [dedicated to conservation] with no ulterior motives, no agendas, who would sacrifice everything for the betterment of nature… I talk to them about their jobs, about what they do. And I learn so much.”
On the working together to protect wildlife: “Everyone has a different opinion; every country has a different way of doing things. But I do believe that we need a regulatory body so that everyone who owns or manages wildlife is subject to inspection and rated on how well they look after the animals and how the communities benefit. I know I’m going to get criticized for this, but we have to come together. You know what Stevie Wonder said: ‘You need teamwork to make the dream work.’ I use that a lot.”
On the importance of protecting the wilderness and conservation parks: “These are very special places, but they are islands with a sea of people around them. I do worry. I think everyone should worry. We need to look after them, because otherwise our children will not have a chance to see what we have seen. This is God’s test: If we can’t save some animals in a wilderness area, what else can’t we do?”
The idea that Harry walks around quoting Stevie Wonder all the time, for some reason, just brings me some joy in this cold cruel world. I can only assume that “isn’t she lovely?” and “I just called to say I love you” are also getting a lot of play right now.
[Photos: Alexei Hay]